1997 Beach Avenue


1997 Beach Avenue; about 1910; detail from postcard: The Pier, English Bay, Vancouver, B.C.; https://digital.lib.sfu.ca/pfp-776/pier-english-bay-vancouver-bc.



1997 Beach Avenue; detail from A remaining house on Beach Ave., Vancouver; August 3, 1967; University of Northern British Columbia Archives; Item 2013.; http://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/remaining-house-on-beach-ave-vancouver.



1997 Beach Avenue was on the north side of Beach Avenue, just east of the intersection with Chilco Street. It was one of four houses near the northeast corner of Beach Avenue and Chilco Street.

For some periods, part of the house had an address of 1991 Beach Avenue.

Legal Description: District Lot 185, Block 71, east half of Lot 13.


1900 Block Beach Avenue - Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the City of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park

1900 Block Beach Avenue – Detail from Goad’s Atlas of the City of Vancouver – 1912 – Vol 1 – Plate 8 – Barclay Street to English Bay and Cardero Street to Stanley Park.



1999 Beach Avenue, 1997 Beach Avenue, 1991 Beach Avenue, 1995 Beach Avenue, 1993 Beach Avenue, 1987 Beach Avenue and 1985 Beach Avenue; 1994 Pendrell Street; 1996 Pendrell Street, 1913; detail from Denman Street to Comox Street to Stanley Park boundary to English Bay Reference code – 1972-582-38 – Plate 63; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/plate-63-denman-street-to-comox-street-to-stanley-park-boundary-to-english-bay.


Although the four houses had the same general shape, the two westernmost houses on Lot 13 (1999 Beach Avenue and 1991/1997 Beach Avenue) were slightly older than the two houses on Lot 12. In the photograph below, the houses on Lot 13 are present, but lot 12, to the right, is still unoccupied.


2000 Block of Beach Avenue, south side; detail from View of English Bay Beach from the foot of Harwood Street, 1902; Vancouver City Archives; Be P5.1; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/view-of-english-bay-beach-from-foot-of-harwood-street.


By about 1908, all four houses were present.


Beach Avenue and Chilco Street; detail from English Bay Pier pilings and view of Beach Avenue, about 1908; Vancouver City Archives, Be P102; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-pier-pilings-and-view-of-beach-avenue.



1997 Beach Avenue

There are no references to this property in Heritage Vancouver Society’s database of historic building permits: http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/index.php?cID=1 [searched March 28, 2019].

Vancouver directory listings from 1905 to late 1950s.


1905 McGregor, John Dawson
1906 to 1932 Kayll, Andrew James
1933 to late 1950s Kayll, Swinburne Annandale (son of Kayll, Andrew James)


The 1911 Vancouver names directory listed Rufus Halsey Roys at 1997 Beach Avenue.

In 1905 and 1906, Isabella Bunn offered piano lessons at 1997 Beach Avenue.


Vancouver Daily World, January 19, 1906, page 9, column 3.


The Kayll family lived at this address until the late 1950s.

In later years, the house offered rental accommodation.


Vancouver Sun, June 19, 1959, page 39, column 4.


Vancouver Sun, September 7, 1972, page 60, column 3.



1991 Beach Avenue

Although the Vancouver directories normally did not include a separate street listing for 1991 Beach Avenue, this address did appear in newspaper articles and advertisements from time to time.


Vancouver Province, June 3, 1950, page 24, column 8.


“City Planner Blasts West End,” Vancouver Sun, September 19, 1968, page 16, column 4.



Later Years


1900 block of Beach Avenue, north side, near Chilco Street, January 1, 1967; detail from English Bay; Vancouver City Archives, 2010-006.005; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-12.


In 1973, the owner of the four Beach Avenue houses was preparing to demolish the houses to make room for a new apartment building. The project also involved two houses on Pendrell Street that were behind the Beach Avenue houses.


1964/6 and 1988 Pendrell Street at the southeast corner of Chilco Street, 1968; Vancouver City Archives, CVA 1348-5; https://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/1964-6-and-1988-pendrell-at-s-e-corner-of-chilco.


The tenants in the Beach Avenue houses tried to delay the demolition.


Vancouver Province, March 14, 1973, page 37, columns 3-4.


However, the old houses did not survive long, and by 1975 the new building was heading to completion.


English Bay Beach, Vancouver, 1975; British Columbia Archives; Item I-21624; https://search-bcarchives.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/english-bay-beach-vancouver-20.


The new building was called “Huntington West,” probably as a reference to the Huntington Apartments, which were at 1915 Beach Avenue. (Further information appears on the page for 1901 Beach Avenue.)

In the fall of 1975, the developers were advertising rental suites in the new building.


Vancouver Sun, September 13, 1975, page 55, columns 8-9.



The building later became a strata-titled ownership building.


1995 Beach Avenue (“Huntington West”); Google Streets, searched March 28, 2019; image dated May 2017.




Rainbows in Our Walls: Art and Stained Glass in Vancouver, 1890-1940, by Robert D. Watt; Vancouver,  Vancouver Centennial Museum [Vancouver Museums and Planetarium Association], 1980, page 4, exhibit note 17: “Art glass ‘piano’ window from parlour of 1997 Beach Avenue, a home first occupied in 1906 by Andrew J. Kayall [sic], clerk with Vancouver Warehouses Ltd. Donation: MacCaulay Nicholls Maitland Limited, 1973. 95 cm. x 26.5 cm. H973.33.1.” See also page 5, illustration note 29: “Beach Avenue before 1914. 1997 is third house from right. Photo: Vancouver City Archives.” [Note: This may be a reference to Vancouver City Archives, Be P102 – [English Bay Pier pilings and view of Beach Avenue]; http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/english-bay-pier-pilings-and-view-of-beach-avenue]

“More highrises for Kits, West End,” by Bob Smith; The Grape [newspaper], March 14-28, 1973, page 3. [refers to houses on 1900 block of Beach Avenue; similar to “Demolition delay sought by tenants,” Vancouver Province, March 14, 1973, page 37, columns 3-4.]

Huntington West, 1995 Beach Avenue; https://bccondos.net/1995-beach. [Note: this reference states that the building dates from 1996, not 1975.]

Huntington West, 1995 Beach Avenue; https://condos.ca/vancouver/huntington-west-1995-beach-ave [Note: says the building was registered on June 9, 1987. This may be the date that the building became a strata-titled building.]